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The diocese in Italy is training priests to meet increasing demand for exorcisms

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With DmC we think Ninja Theory have created something to appease all but the most ardent of naysayers.

Damned By Chuck Palahniuk

"Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison" – so the preppy heroine of Palahniuk's novel kicks off each new chapter, cutely pardoying Judy Blume's Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.

Listen up: in ‘Berberian Sound Studio’, Toby Jones plays an English acoustic engineer working on a trashy Italian horror film

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The sound expert has had a rough time of it in the movies. Think of Gene Hackman's professional eavesdropper in The Conversation, stripping down his room – and his life – to a sad shell. Or of John Travolta's sound-effects guy in Blow Out, stumbling on a Chappaquiddick-style conspiracy and thereby sending a loved one to her doom.

The Daylight Gate, By Jeanette Winterson

This visceral Hammer horror-style restaging of the 1612 Pendle witch trials falls between two stools

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A fresh Peake at a 400-year-old tale

Instantly recognisable thanks to performances in dramas such as Hancock and Joan and The Street, the actress Maxine Peake has taken a more unfamiliar role: as narrator on a concept album that brings to life the infamous Pendle witch trials that occurred in her home county of Lancashire 400 years ago this month.

Comic strip for intellectuals: Gaiman announces surprise Sandman prequel

Neil Gaiman, the comic book writer, novelist and screenwriter, is to return to the series that helped launch his career with a new edition of The Sandman in time for the celebrated work’s 25th anniversary. 

'Cannibal cult members' arrested for murder, eating raw brains and making penis soup

The cult members believed that by eating alleged witch doctors' body parts they would attain their spiritual powers, and become bullet-proof

Laura Marling, Royal Albert Hall, London

“We don’t do encores... If you want an encore then this is the last song, if you don’t, this is the second to last.” At a time when encores at gigs have become almost mandatory, and therefore meaningless, Laura Marling’s approach to them is refreshingly unconventional.

The House of Rumour By Jake Arnott

Here's what happened when Ian Fleming recruited an occultist

Mikhail Bulgakov's Stalin-era satire, <i>The Master and Margarita</i>, at the Barbican

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Sweeney Todd, Adelphi, London
Filumena, Almedia, London

Simon McBurney brings dazzling technology to his Bulgakov adaptation but little clarity. A Sondheim evergreen, meanwhile, is as fresh as ever

The Sketch: Not a knockout blow on foreign policy, but the punches landed

Rory Stewart's smile displays two full octaves of piano-key teeth and looks like a tribal defence to ward off witchcraft
Kristy Bamu was tortured and drowned in a bath on Christmas Day 2010

Pair jailed for 'witch' boy murder

A couple were jailed for life today for torturing and drowning a teenage boy they accused of being a witch.

Robert Fisk on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in 1984

Robert Fisk: The heroic myth and the uncomfortable truth of war reporting

Like other correspondents, Robert Fisk has risked his life to 'witness history'. But after almost four decades, he feels ambivalent towards his profession

Thousands of children accused of being witches, live on the streets of Kinshasa

Teenager, 15, murdered 'for being a witch'

A domineering football coach and his long-term girlfriend were found guilty yesterday of torturing a teenage family member to death because they believed he was a witch.

Kristy Bamu was tortured and drowned in a bath on Christmas Day 2010

Couple guilty of horrific witchcraft murder

A domineering football coach and his long-term girlfriend were found guilty today of torturing a teenage family member to death because they believed he was a witch.

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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